|Crush team chalks up season’s first win|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Imperial Crush outhit their opponents from North Platte Sunday, and were helped by two ninth inning errors to win their first game of the season in three starts.
Crush took a 7-6 win in a two hour and 45-minute game at Campbell Park, also their first home game of the season.
North Platte scored three quick runs in their first at-bat, after collecting a pair of hits and getting one run on an outfield error.
Imperial scored its first two runs in the fifth, which came on four North Platte errors as Crush pulled within a run, 2-3.
Neither team scored in the sixth or seventh innings, but North Platte took a 5-2 lead in the eighth after a walk and two fielding errors, followed by a double.
But, Imperial came back with two runs of its own in the eighth, when first baseman Eric McDaniel blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence, also scoring Lance Milner, who had walked.
Imperial still trailed by one, 4-5.
An infield error allowed another North Platte run in the ninth, and the visitors took a 6-4 lead.
But, Imperial’s ninth inning proved its most productive, as Carl Zuege led off with a single, then Alec Spady reached base after being hit by a pitch.
Lead-off batter Milner singled, which scored a run, then back-to-back errors by North Platte’s third baseman who attempted to field hits from Dustin Weiss and McDaniel scored two more.
That ended the game at 7-6, as clean-up hitter Darrin Schultz was coming to bat.
Imperial collected eight hits in the game, led by Carl Zuege’s three singles and the homer from McDaniel.
North Platte recorded four hits in the contest.
Schultz earned the win for Imperial on the mound, coming in for four and a third innings after starter Carl Zuege pitched four and two-thirds.
Schultz struck out five, and both pitchers gave up two hits. They combined to allow nine walks, six from Schultz and three from Zuege.
With just eight players here for the game, North Platte was forced to take an automatic out each batting rotation.
Another home game this
Sunday on Father’s Day
Imperial Crush will be home again this Sunday, June 21, when they host Kimball for a 2 p.m. game at Campbell field.
It’s also Father’s Day this Sunday, and local fans are encouraged to bring their Dad to the ball game Sunday afternoon.
Crush has an open date on June 28, then will be at home again on July 5 against Haxtun, Colo., for a 5 p.m. contest.
Here is the rest of the season’s schedule:
July 12—vs. Sidney, in Imperial, 3 p.m.
July 19—At North Platte, 1 p.m.
July 26—At Kimball, 3 p.m.
Aug. 2—vs. Scottsbluff, in Imperial, TBA
Aug. 9—District tournament, TBA